Warriors-Kings: Northern California Rivalry Gone Wrong
Don Nelson used 12 players in tonight's game against the Sacramento Kings, as the Golden State Warriors lost their second game in a row with a 98-115 final result.
As expected, the Warriors entered the game without any true intensity, facing the fact that they can't produce a positive result in the Northern California rivalry. It didn't seem like a rivalry at all—except in the first quarter of the contest.
After the first 12 minutes, the game settled down and the Warriors defense was getting ripped apart. Brad Miller, Kevin Martin, Beno Udrih, John Salmons, and Mike Miller made constant cuts and splits to the hole that were "observed" by the Warriors' abysmal defense.
Not only did that occur, but the seven-foot Spencer Hawes out of Washington torched the Warriors with his three point shooting ability.
Kelenna Azubuike continued his horrendous shooting performance from beyond the arc. If he was only 6'10'', the Warriors would have had one hell of a finisher in the paint.
Andris Biedrins continued his double-double run with style as he collected his 14th straight double-double in tonight's game. Nate Thurmond currently holds the title for most double-doubles collected in Warriors' History with 18. Biedrins has a big chance in stealing that title from arguably the best player in Warriors' history.
Nelson played his whole bench, with Anthony Randolph, Marcus Williams, Marco Bellenili, Anthony Morrow, and Rob Kurz getting extended minutes in the final quarter of the game.
Morrow and Randolph were the lone bright spots for the Warriors' reserves. Morrow illustrated his perimeter shooting as he effectively hit two three pointers and a jumper. Randolph, on the other hand, looked like a complete rookie, but did what was expected of him.
The Warriors play their next three games at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday, the new look Detroit Pistons on Thursday, and the young and dangerous Portland Trailblazers the following Tuesday.
-The first time this season I felt we had a point guard was when Marcus Williams was inserted into the game. The way he handled, directed traffic, and passed were great to witness. Obviously, his defense needs some major work.
-Brandan Wright's play is becoming better, but Nellie keeps taking him out of the game due to his defensive errors. Rightfully so.
-Trade rumors: Al Harrington to the New York Knicks?
-Whenever Marco Belinelli starts showing his outside touch and playing exceptional defense, Nellie takes him out of the game. The reason? We'll leave that up in the air.
Baron Davis scored 22 points and dished out 10 assists as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Dallas Mavericks. It seems as though Davis' favorite team, for the rest of his career, will be the Mavericks.
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